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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

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United States

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Our American Stories tells stories that aren’t being told. Positive stories about generosity and courage, resilience and redemption, faith and love. Stories about the past and present. And stories about ordinary Americans who do extraordinary things each and every day. Stories from our listeners about their lives. And their history. In that pursuit, we hope we’ll be a place where listeners can refresh their spirit, and be inspired by our stories.

Language:

English


Episodes

EP170: Taking The Time To Talk To Strangers, Snowflake Bentley, First Photograph of a Snowflake and The Government Wouldn't Let Paula Smith Sell Her House For Over A Decade

1/20/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Paul Kotz from the Twin Cities shares about some of his interactions with strangers. Dr. Jerry Bergman tells the story of a teenage boy who on January 15, 1885, at 20-years of age, became the first person in the world to photograph a snowflake. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Taking The Time To Talk To Strangers 10:00 - Snowflake Bentley, First Photograph of a Snowflake 23:00 - The Government Wouldn't...

Duration:00:38:16

EP169: Triumph and Disaster: The Life of Rudyard Kipling, and Enhancing Lives, One Guide Dog at a Time

1/19/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy tell us the story of the life of the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, Rudyard Kipling, and how it was filled with tragedy. Christine Benninger, CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind, shares about the unique training process for these extraordinary animals and the special bond they share with their owner. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Triumph and Disaster: The Life of...

Duration:00:38:14

EP168: From Bagatelle to Video Games: The History of Pinball, These Guys Use Dungeons and Dragons as a Therapy Tool and Ethics: Bill Daniels and the Utah Stars

1/18/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Jeremy Saucier of the Strong Museum of Play shares the long, and surprising, history of pinball--from its origins in French parlor games, to its prohibition, and then to its emergence as the immersive and popular game that it is today. Adam Davis and Adam Johns met in grad school at Antioch University, and they've been using table-top games as a tool to encourage personal growth, teamwork, and problem solving. The late owner of the ABA’s Utah Stars,...

Duration:00:38:16

EP167: How Faith, Infidelity, and Forgiveness Grew a Family Not Once, but Twice and Remote Alaskan Town's One Connection To The World

1/17/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Sparky tells the story of his mother Mary Sparks and how in a 30 year span, his family had to deal with its sins twice and learn forgiveness. Leslie Leyland Fields is an author and speaker living in Alaska. In this story she shares what it was like when their small fishing town got their first telephone. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - How Faith, Infidelity, and Forgiveness Grew a Family Not Once, but...

Duration:00:38:46

EP166: MIT's Basketball Coach: "Those Nerds Can Only Handle One Play" and The Man Who Wrote 'I'll Fly Away'

1/14/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Bill Koch shares the leadership lessons he took with him for the rest of his life! Betsy and Elaine tell the story of their grandfather, Albert E. Brumley, as he is recognized as one of the most important Gospel music composers of all time. Writing over 800 songs, including "I'll Fly Away" and "Turn Your Radio On", and with countless awards to his name, he truly is an American music icon. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate)...

Duration:00:38:15

EP165: He Ran 50 Marathons... In 50 States... In 50 Consecutive Days and 7-Eleven and the American Dream

1/13/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Dean Karnazes, aka Ultramarathonman, tells us stories of his legendary runs including one covering 350 miles in 80+ sleepless hours. Former CEO of 7-Eleven, Jim Keyes, tells the story of how their company has led countless immigrants to the American Dream. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - He Ran 50 Marathons... In 50 States... In 50 Consecutive Days 35:00 - 7-Eleven and the American Dream Learn more...

Duration:00:38:46

EP164: The Manhattan Project: The Story of a Place, a Photographer, and a Moment

1/12/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Richard Cook tells us the story of how in 1943 the town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee was established and went from 58,000 acres of farm land to a town of 75,000 people. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:46

EP163: Finding My Father: Blair Linne's Story and Ulysses S. Grant's Great Battle

1/11/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Blair Linne’s personal story of growing up without a father at home reflects the experiences of millions of Americans. Blair beautifully tells her story in her book, Finding My Father and is here to share it with us. Louis Picone, author of Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, tells the story of Ulysses S. Grant, bankrupt and dying from cancer. Support the show...

Duration:00:42:30

EP162: My Life After Firefighting, Aron Marquez on Leadership and 99 Reasons Why A Typewriter Is Better Than A Computer!!

1/10/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, James, a retired fire captain, shares his story of firefighting and the emotions that come along with it. The founder of Wildcat Oil Tools, Aron Marquez shares the ethical dilemmas he’s faced in business. Bert Rosica shares the list of 99 reasons a typewriter is better than a computer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - My Life After Firefighting 10:00 - Aron Marquez on Leadership 35:00 - 99 Reasons Why A...

Duration:00:42:45

EP161: The Only Woman to be Awarded the Medal of Honor, Midnight at the Live Fire Exercise and From Tech-Startup to Making a Wooden Pen with His Dad: The Story of Allegory

1/7/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, The History Guy remembers a truly extraordinary Civil War heroine, Mary Edwards Walker. Our regular contributor Richard Muniz tells the story of an unforgettable accident at Ft. Irwin, California. For Chad and Jess Schumacher, life seemed to be going really well and as "according to plan" as life could... and then life took a number of sharp and unexpected turns and what resulted shaped their family and career for the next decade. Support the show...

Duration:00:39:16

EP160: Offering To Resign Because You’re Accountable For A Failure and Ford v. Ferrari II

1/6/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, former Best Buy CEO Brad Anderson on this rare response to an ethical dilemma. Jon Elfner brings us this new Ferrari-slayer's story through the eyes of industry legends Neil Ressler, Scott Ahlman, and Mark McGowan. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Offering To Resign Because You’re Accountable For A Failure 23:00 - Ford v. Ferrari II Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:46

EP159: Our Home Became Tidier After Having Four Sons, The "Slap Shot" Story with Dave Hanson and Graphic Design Professor Knits While Running Marathons

1/5/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Alexandra Frost is the mother of four young, active boys, yet her home is cleaner than it was before she had kids. Alex shares her secret, which is called “The 10 Things Rule". Here is the story of how the choice to choose three then-minor league hockey players to play the Hanson Brothers in "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman was made. Professor David Babcock shares his story of how he came to hold the Guinness world record for knitting the longest...

Duration:00:38:39

EP158: The Meaning of Balance and Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer

1/4/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, a regular contributor, Brent Timmons, shares the story of a lesson in risk and storyteller, James Swanson, the NYT Bestseller of Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer tells the story of President Lincolns killer. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Meaning of Balance 10:00 - Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:16

EP157: The Man Who Spent $35MM Fighting A $400k Fake Wine Fraud, Tempest Tours: A Stormy, Sightseeing Vacation, How Smallpox Created Canada by Destroying Washington’s Army and Marketing Has A Marketing Problem... Too Many Narcissists Manipulating People

1/3/2022
On this episode of Our American Stories, Entrepreneur, philanthropist, and America’s Cup winner Bill Koch doesn’t like being cheated. The latest episode for our “Rule of Law” series!; Martin Lisius, founder of Tempest Tours, and Kim George, Customer Relations Manager, talk about the companies origins and what it's like being on the road in midst of extreme weather; the President of Amerisearch, William Federer. tells the story of how Canada became an independent nation—and not part of the...

Duration:00:46:31

EP156: The Humble Potato: Idaho's Superstarch and The Little Boy Who Saved His Family

12/31/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Tish Dahmen, Executive Director of the Idaho Potato Museum, tells the story of the worlds largest potato chip, a massive baked potato, and the potato innovations that put Idaho on the map. Cathy Cooley shares the story of how her late son, Christopher, led his family to faith and founding their organization: The Christopher Foundation. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - The Humble Potato: Idaho's...

Duration:00:38:46

EP155: The Making of an American Pantheon: Ulysses S. Grant's Tomb

12/30/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, presidential historian and author of Grant's Tomb: The Epic Death of Ulysses S. Grant and the Making of an American Pantheon, Louis L. Picone, shares the story of the creation, degradation, and revitalization of Grant's Tomb. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com

Duration:00:38:48

EP154: A Family Lived in the New York Public Library?, Drinking Done New Orleans' Style and Overcoming the Loss of Both My Arms at 10

12/29/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb tells the story of the family that lived in the New York Public Library; Liz Williams, founder of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, tells the story of whisky, bourbon, absinthe, and pink elephants... done Cajun style; When she was 10-years-old, Madysen Acey’s normal life took an unexpected turn. But, she wouldn't trade any of it for the person she's become. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time...

Duration:00:39:16

EP153: Strength in Loneliness is Still Loneliness, Burrito Restaurant Offers Job To Burglar and This Jewelry Store Provides More Value Than Just Rings

12/28/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Edie Hand was always told by her mother that she was strong... but strength isn't always enough; After Diablos Southwest Grill was broken into owner Carl Wallace made a Facebook post with a job offer for the perpetrator. To Carl’s surprise, the post quickly went viral, bringing international attention to their store; 4th-generation jeweler, John Henne, in Pittsburgh tells the story of how his family's shop has grown since 1887, how it's seeking to...

Duration:00:38:45

EP152: When Dr. Seuss Has Real Life Applications During a Hurricane, From Farm Boy to Founder and Couple Adopts 7 Siblings Separated Throughout 4 Foster Homes

12/27/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Stephen Rusiniak shares a story about a devastating flash flood that severely damaged his Church and then the surprising response from the community. Doug Reiter brings us the story of Ken Austin, a man who's battled deep insecurities his whole life, and would help transform dentistry into the profession it is today. This is the story of how Sofia and Deshawn went from being a childless married couple of 13 years to a family of 9, literally,...

Duration:00:40:46

EP152: Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas and The Importance of Giving and Serving during Christmas Time

12/25/2021
On this episode of Our American Stories, Ace Collins, author of Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas, introduces us to people we've never met, stories we've never heard, and meanings we have never imagined. Once arriving back home from a mission trip, Ashley Freeman realized service work could be done right in her own community. Support the show (https://www.ouramericanstories.com/donate) Time Codes: 00:00 - Ace Collins on Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas 35:00 -...

Duration:00:40:44